Wednesday, 23 September 2015

The Essential LRS - New Look 6896.

LRS being The Little Red Skirt.
Earlier this year I sewed up a really old stash inhabitant , the pink and blue plaid , and I love the end result. This got me thinking about other similarly elderly pieces of fabric. I do not subscribe to the theory that she who dies with the most fabric wins . I think about the lost opportunities , unfulfilled sewing dreams and not to mention the plain waste of resources . So I feel a bit ashamed to admit that I have  more 20 + year old fabric  languishing in my cupboard.
 This red crepe was actually a two metre  remnant ! I originally bought 5 metres to make a 3/4 length dress with multiple gores - very much a look at me dress - so not me ! I ditched that plan and  sewed another dress up but it was what I now know to be a wadder . I did wear it but  my sewing was less than stellar so I  turfed it after just a few uses.

I was skimming through pattern review a few weeks ago and saw a really lovely looking skirt . I then googled more images of the same pattern made up and the cogs started slowly turning until bingo I realised this would be a great way to use my red crepe . However after accumulating sewing treasures for 30 years I  knew I would have a similar pattern in my collection.

I found New Look 6896 in my French pattern magazine which was very much what I wanted . I really like this magazine because although I do not know the french language all the patterns have clear construction diagrams which are helpful in trickier areas.
The skirt is a simple wide yoked semi-circle style with belt carriers and pockets . The zip is on the side which was the only real difficulty because I added pockets from another view to my skirt .
I used some tips I found in a Vogue magazine to hem the skirt - first sewing a long gathering stitch to gently bring in some of the fullness of the hem before hand sewing the hem in place . I then removed the gathering stitches , gave the hem a press and it looks pretty invisible to me ! I added some cotton tape to the top of the yoke to stabilise this area and I think this does help a lot .

I have so many tops that coordinate with this skirt that it is a wonder that I never thought before  this was an essential garment to have !

I have worn my new skirt with a new top as well using  a long narrow remnant that Mum gave me . I used Kwik Sew 2695 which has become a favourite pattern to use up small pieces of fabric . It is so quick and easy but I managed to make more than one mistake in sewing this up . And now I have just realised looking at these photos that I have achieved the dreaded bulls eye effect so I don`t know if I will keep it or not now.
As I was sewing up my red crepe I felt quite pleased to be using up all my really old fabric until I realised that no there are still a couple of pieces left that are 20+ years ! So I predict a denim tunic coming into my life in the near future but the other piece is only good for night wear so that will probably reach its silver anniversary.

Happy sewing , Janine.


  1. Oh don't ditch the top as it looks fantastic... I didn't notice and had to go back to have a look. I think you could easily get away with that especially with movement. I was just thinking the same pattern (in a German magazine.. not Burda) and want to make the pants in a black or navy with white polka dots in a rayon to replicate a pair I had years ago and loved and wore to death so it's great to get your review of this. I was avoiding tracing the pattern. And don't feel alone.. I too will have some fabric reaching its silver anniversary including some linen I hope to use this summer if the pattern works out.

  2. Oh, sorry for going on so... I did forget to say that the whole outfit looks really fabulous and the skirt is such a great style. I love the red on you.

  3. How pretty! I think a LRS is perfect - looks great.

  4. Your skirt looks terrific and goes very well with your top.

  5. Like Summer Flies, I also had to go back to see what the problem was with the top. It may look more noticeable in real life, but if this top was mine I would wear it anyway to local shops, around the house, and so on. No good wasting it.

    Your stash must one day meet my stash - they have a lot in common :). Your skirt looks wonderful and red is moving back into fashion in a big way, so I think your timing is superb.


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